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The Joy of Socratic Dialog

My son and I were in church, talking with another mother with her daughter.  We were discussing the relative merits of chewing gum in church, and how breath mints may be preferable.  (Hey, I never claimed to be an intellectual!)  When it seemed as if the generational divide couldn't be breached, my son blurted out, "Hey!  This is not an argument! This is a Socratic dialog!"

This is the danger of classical education!  Your children can use phrases like "Socratic dialog" against you!  Is this a homeschool thing?

I would like to point out, as I've said before, that homeschool parents may still have some frustrations with their teens.  But sometimes our problems are just on a different plane altogether.  Sometimes (hopefully for you!) our problems are a higher quality that other people's problems.

The next time you become frustrated about chewing gum in church, remember what you saw the last time you watched TV.  Be thankful that our problems aren't bigger.

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Guest - J W on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 06:35

The knowledge that our problems are of a higher quality is especially important for those of us with kids who are a bit different and/or challenged. As frustrating and even heartbreaking as it can be, the problems with homeschooling such a child are indeed better than the alternative. I keep reminding myself my husband and I are in a unique position to provide the love, encouragement, and support that she needs. She would languish in "the system." I keep reminding myself of all the skills, abilities, and relationships this child wouldn't have. I remind myself to appreciate the marvelous gifts she does have - gifts that would never have been developed if we hadn't taken the road less travelled. We've been rewarded by seeing this little person grow and bloom beyond anyone's expectations.

The knowledge that our problems are of a higher quality is especially important for those of us with kids who are a bit different and/or challenged. As frustrating and even heartbreaking as it can be, the problems with homeschooling such a child are indeed better than the alternative. I keep reminding myself my husband and I are in a unique position to provide the love, encouragement, and support that she needs. She would languish in "the system." I keep reminding myself of all the skills, abilities, and relationships this child wouldn't have. I remind myself to appreciate the marvelous gifts she does have - gifts that would never have been developed if we hadn't taken the road less travelled. We've been rewarded by seeing this little person grow and bloom beyond anyone's expectations.
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